Top 10 Asian American Cookbooks to Create Mouthwatering Cuisine

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through Asian American Cookbooks.

I love exploring new foods and recipes and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

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Yielding a varied, distinct, nuanced, and rich culinary landscape, Asian American cuisine has been here since the 18th century. With globalization dramatically erasing the lines between the West and East, Asian immigrants in the US amplified their contributions during the past 50 years, giving rise to fusion meals, international ingredients and spices, and unique cooking methods. 

From fewer than 1 million people in 1960 to a projected 18.9 million in 2020, the population of Asian Americans has significantly increased. A tendency that guarantees that Asian cuisines will continue to enliven and enrich American food culture is that in 2012, more than three-quarters of the Asian American people were born in foreign. Interestingly, Asian American cuisine has become integral to America’s food and will continue to enrich its food culture.

Top 10 Asian American Cookbooks to Get Delicious Recipes

1. Asian-American: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from the Philippines to Brooklyn

Why We Love It ❤️

This fantastic creation of Dale Talde tops our list of Asian American cookbooks because of its refreshing, flavorful recipes. The iconic dishes are a fusion of some of the best eastern and western cuisine. The homely recipes are easy-to-make and super comforting. 

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The cookbook contains recipes for redesigned versions of well-known Asian meals. While making some unique additions to the culinary that initially made them so successful, Dale has infused them with Americana tastes. He adds oysters and bacon to his version of “pad thai .” You can learn how to give a soft pretzel’s salted, springy surface to luscious pork dumplings. His cuisine is Asian-American, not Asian fusion.

Dale’s recipes are unique, and that makes him one of the popular chefs. He shared the recipes in his distinctive style. Some chefs prepare dishes that will take you to places like the Sichuan province, Northern Thailand, China, Tokyo, or Vietnam. But you feel at home when you eat Dale’s meals prepared from his Asian American cookbook.

2. Momofuku: A Cookbook

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Momofuku is one of the best-sellers of the New York Times, with more than 200,000 printed copies. The combination of chef’s stories and Asian American cuisine makes it a great cooking treasure you can have. 

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Momofukurevolutionizes contemporary cooking with its modern culinary landscape. Previously obscure, the word Momofukuis associated with the acclaimed and popular Momofuku Noodle Bar, Ko, Má Pêche, Ssäm Bar, Nishi, Fuku, and Milk Bar eateries in New York City, Sydney, and Toronto. 

With his innovative use of strong Asian tastes, top-notch ingredients, deep devotion to pork, and mastery of the essential ramen noodle, Chef David Chang completely upgraded the food culture in America and elsewhere.

In his Asian American cookbook, Chang tells the story of his accidental ascent to superstardom, which, despite being fraught with setbacks, transpired at breakneck speed, with candor. And those who have dined or want to at any Momofuku location can enjoy the recipes in their homes. Read this book if you genuinely appreciate Asian American fusion in food. 

3. The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook: Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens

Why We Love It ❤️

The Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook entails various recipes from different cuisines. All the dishes in this Asian American cookbook use simple ingredients, making home cooking hassle-free and fun. 

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Asian grandmothers are the guardians of cultural and culinary customs, whether Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, or Indian. They are the perfect foundation for this recipe book because they are experts at creating delectable home-cooked meals and comfort cuisine. 

There are 130 mouthwatering recipes, including authentic Filipino Chicken Adobo, Chinese fried rice, and the ultimate Japanese comfort food such as Oyako donburi in this cookbook. It is the compilation of author Pat Tanumihardja. 

All the recipes turn into hearty dishes with vibrant flavors that look as wonderful as they taste. The flavors range from fragrant curries, spicy chilies, and sour vinegar to soy and ginger. The author has translated all the recipes to fit into contemporary home kitchens.

4. Amboy: Recipes from the Filipino-American Dream

Why We Love It ❤️

Recipes for Filipino food from the most well-known Filipino chef and the man of the iconic LA restaurant Eggslut and the hit web series “The Burger Show” make it one of our favorite cookbooks.

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If you love the fusion of Filipino and American food, Amboy includes some of the world’s best recipes you can create using simple ingredients from your pantry. The famous chef Alvin shares some of the finest recipes of his experience from multiple restaurants, influences from the family, and side trips he’s been through when becoming an expert chef.

 As a pied piper for the long Filipino food movement, Alvin has a wealth of knowledge of varied food cultures and their successful combinations. Through his recipes, Alvin Cailan’s Amboy provides a valuable look into the life of the accomplished chef.

Lumpia, Lechon, and sinangag are just a few delicious options for people wishing to learn Filipino cookery. Overall, this book’s feel-good factor is compelling to read. This distinctive cookbook tells how he overcame cultural norms and familial expectations to create his way to success.

5. Indian-Ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family

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Indian-Ish celebrates irresistible, funny, and witty cooking with innovative and unique Indian-American recipes. And that sets it apart from other Asian American cookbooks. 

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This vibrant, energetic cookery book is Priya Krishna’s (food writer) affectionate homage to her mother’s “Indian-ish” cooking; it contains a treasure trove of unique Indian-American mashups that are simple to prepare, creative, useful, and full of flavor. Consider Malaysian ramen, whole roasted cauliflower, roti pizza, and tomato rice with creamy cheddar.

The cookbook is full of authentic Indian flavors Priya experienced during her upbringing, travel stories around the world, ideas from cooking shows, and her children’s requests for American classics like PB&Js and spaghetti.

The results are invariably excellent and tasteful, with lots of easy dinners you can prepare together quickly at the end of a hard day at work, such as a thirst-quenching delicious lemonade or yogurt-filled, spicy sandwiches crusted with Indian Gatorade.

6. The Wok: Recipes and Techniques

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The Wok’s simple and science-based home everyday food recipes make it stand out. It is one of the New York Time best sellers that revolutionizes home cooking. 

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The work is typically the most versatile and unique pan you can use for stir-frying, deep frying, steaming, boiling, or braising in your Kitchen. You can cook home-style and restaurant-style meals from Asia and the United States, such as Pad Thai, San Francisco-Style Garlic Noodles, and Kung Pao Chicken when you have mastered the fundamentals. You find delectable Asian American recipes in the book and techniques to make them at work.

The cookery book is excellent for learning how to make Smoky Wok Hei at home and the principles of a stir-fry. López-Alt dissects the scientific principles underlying delicacies like tempura veggies, dumplings, dashi-simmered, Beef Chow Fun, and fried rice. 

Offering over 200 delicious recipes, this Asian American cookbook gives you many suggestions to improve your mealtimes, such as knife skills, pantry stocking tips, and over 1000 colorful images.

7. Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home

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With mouthwatering recipes exploring new culinary customs, Korean American celebrates the eastern and western blend of flavors. The cookbook pays homage to what it means to be Korean American.

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Crafted by Eric Kim, a Korean immigrant has collected some of the most popular and scrumptious Korean-American recipes. 

While dishes like Crispy Lemon-Pepper Bulgogi and Cheeseburger Kimbap do the opposite by tinging traditional Korean favorites with American flavors, recipes like Grits, Gochugaru Shrimp, Smashed Potatoes, and Salt-and-Pepper Pork Chops show the chef’s prowess at introducing Korean pantry essentials. His recipes end with baked goodies like Milk Bread with mouthwatering Maple Syrup and Chocolate Lava Cakes.

Korean American also has a playful holiday menu with essays on topics ranging from the life-changing actions of leaving home and returning as an adult to the importance of Thanksgiving to first-generation families. You will also learn about the Korean pantry and the history of Korean cooking in America.

8. Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More

Why We Love It ❤️

Asian Dumplings is a masterpiece that helps western audiences learn a variety of dumplings and ways to enjoy their unique taste. We love this Asian American cookbook for its crystal-clear dumpling recipes and cooking tips.

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Andrea Nguyen focuses on dumplings from all of the abounding Asian regions, incorporating recipes from Tibet, Korea, Malaysia, India, and the Philippines. It is also an excellent follow-up to Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, which should have a permanent home on your bookshelves. 

The book provides a comprehensive reference, from sweet Indian gulab jamun to savory Shanghai soup dumplings organized by various American-style wrapping and dough styles. It is also one of the Asian American cookbooks that teach you the preparation steps, time-saving tips, and methods for making perfect dumplings every time.

9. Asian Food Recipes: Fast & Easy Asian-American Recipes: Easy and Simple Asian Cookbook Book

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Asian Food Recipes is all you need to master restaurant-style food without attending a cookery course. The cookbook collects authentic Asian recipes you can cook with an American profile. 

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As you discover the Asian origins and American inventions behind your favorite foods and master their fundamental cooking skills, make the “Asian Food Recipes” serve as your guide. The Asian American cookbook lets you learn the culinary delights of Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, and several other highly delectable cuisines. 

This comprehensive Asian cookbook offers many options you would love to try if you’re fond of spicy foods. Plus, the book explains many time-saving tips to make home cooking easy and fun. Whether you want to make delicious Asian American lunch or breakfast at home, Asian Food Recipes has it all.

10. Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food 

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Christine Ha, MasterChefSeason 3 winner, has crafted this fantastic recipe book that boasts her Asian American heritage, including plenty of scrumptious dishes. 

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Any chef will tell you how important it is to use all of your senses when cooking, yet Christine Ha has miraculously championed the cooking art without using one of the most important ones: her sense of sight. 

The Houston-based chef who is blind has blazed a road for others in the field by publishing a cookbook of her own tried-and-true Asian American recipes. The comprehensive and delectable menu includes several comfort foods from Vietnam and some American favorites, reflecting Ha’s Asian-American heritage. The book also includes excellent recipes for dishes like spaghetti sauce and clam chowder. If you love – noodle soup and Vietnamese spring rolls, this is the best Asian American cookbook to learn the recipes. 

Final Thoughts

These Asian American cookbooks include recipes that showcase the finest American classics and Asian cuisine and friendly advice on how to recreate delectable restaurant dishes in your Kitchen.

Asian Americans are one of the fastest-growing ethnic communities in the US. The group greatly influences and impacts what people consume in America, from movies and music to food. As food is an important part of any culture, Asian-American cuisine connects the two cultures. It is not only a great mélange of eastern and western dishes but also a heritage, a symbol of love, and an intercultural communicator. 

FAQs on Asian American Cookbooks

  1. 1: Why Asian American cookbooks are cultural artifacts?

Ans. These cookbooks demonstrate aspects of different cultures. Recipes are unique and serve as a means of mutual connection and understanding between many groups. 

  1. 2: Which is the most popular Asian American cookbook? 

Ans.Asian-American: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes is the most sought-after book, containing the best fusion of eastern and western foods. 

  1. 3: What is the popular Asian American food? 

Ans. These are the most favorite foods in Asian American cuisine.

  • Chinese take-out
  • Chow mein
  • Chop suey
  • Egg rolls and spring rolls
  • Dim sum

Spice Up Your Meal Time with These Delicious Recipes

Asian American foods fall under a separate category. Orange Chicken and the California Roll are two examples of dishes that are as genuinely Asian and American. They are original inventions of their place and period rather than memories of Asian cuisine. Some more Asian- American dishes include:

  • Banh mi
  • Chicken tikka masala
  • Bulgogi
  • Kung pao chicken
  • General Tso’s chicken
  • Pad thai
  • Teriyaki
  • Map tofu

Fortunately, creating these fusion recipes at home is super easy when you have the right Asia American cookbook from a renowned and experienced chef. Here we have listed ten fantastic Asia American cookbooks to help you indulge in tasteful recipes without visiting an expensive restaurant. 

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Chef Zara is the founder and chief editor for Bakeaholic. She loves bringing smiles to people with the delicious visuals, smells, and tastes of food. Chef Zara's passion for baking started at a very young age, and she has never looked back since. She enjoys experimenting with different flavors and combinations, and takes great pride in creating unique recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. When she’s not whipping up something delectable in the kitchen, Chef Zara can be found exploring new culinary delights around the world. Chef Zara holds a Associate of Arts and Sciences from Kendall College and is a sought after private chef. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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